Engineer school trail shuts down for repairs Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 February 2016
By Mike Bowers
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Results of heavy rainfalls have led to the closing of the U.S. Army Engineer School Running Trail for two months beginning Monday.

The trail is scheduled to reopen April 15, or after work to improve drainage on the popular exercise and jogging trek is complete.

“Rainfall has caused many washouts and much rutting on the trail,” said J.D. Bales, Engineering Design Branch, Fort Leonard Wood Directorate of Public Works.
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Bales said trail damage is particularly bad on the small loop and at the intersection of the main trail.

Repairs included in the $72,000 project include installing 500 feet of varying sizes of culverts, along with 1,800 feet of new ditches to handle storm water.

“We will stop further, and hopefully prevent future damage by the placement of the new culverts to divert the drainage away from the trail.  New ditches will provide better drainage,” Bales said.

The trail was closed for nine months, as sewer main lines in the area were replaced as part of an $8.3 million sewer line  replacement project.

“I know it is an inconvenience, but the trail is simply not safe as it is now,” said Bobby Rakes, director, DPW.

“There was never going to be a good time to schedule the work, so we scheduled it as soon as possible. That way, we should finish in time for use in the warmer weather,” he added.

As part of the trail-repair project, crews will remove the above-ground steel sewer pipes and concrete footings that are no longer being used after the new sewer was placed  underground.

Work on the project is being accomplished by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, in coordination with DPW.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, approximately 240 feet of above-ground sewer pipe will be removed.

Although work will be confined to one section of the 2.6-mile trail, it was closed in its entirety for safety reasons.

“Joggers and big equipment don’t mix well,” said Travis Lynch, Fort Leonard Wood South Resident Office, Kansas City District, USACE.

According to Lynch, the work schedule contains weather delays, based on historic weather impact during the construction time.

He said unusually wet or severe weather could cause further delays.
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